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Flames Got The Best Player

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you subscribe to the theory that the team that gets the best player wins the trade, it’s pretty obvious who won the seven-player blockbuster deal between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames.

That would, of course, be… the Flames—because right here, right now—the best player in that group of seven is none other than Ian White.

You were probably waiting for me to say Dion Phaneuf, weren’t you?

Well, it’s all a matter of how you frame the question.

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Giguere Feel He Has A Lot Of Hockey Left

from Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog,

“It worked out differently from the way I thought it would,” Giguere said. “He is obviously the one they wanted. I’m 32 years old and I still have a lot of hockey left, I think. Toronto has made a lot of changes just today, so it will be exciting.”

Giguere will partner with Jonas Gustafsson, whom the Leafs signed as a free agent before this season.

One of the reasons Giguere wanted a no-trade clause in Anaheim was the eye condition of his son Max, who was born just before the 2007 playoffs. Max had a defective right eye and wasn’t guaranteed he’d have vision in his left. Giguere wanted to make sure his son could continue to see the same UCLA doctors.

“Max is doing great,” Giguere said Sunday. “I’m sure he can get very good care in Toronto, but he’s only a short flight away (from L.A.) if he needs something.”

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Breaking Down The Calgary/Toronto Trade

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

It was Brian Burke’s best chance to napalm his roster, finding another GM equally as desperate for a huge shakeup.

Thanks to a nine-game losing streak (although it ended Saturday night), Darryl Sutter became that guy.

That’s the way it goes in a cap world. You create your core and hope it works. It’s clear his wouldn’t.
You take your step back – like Tampa did with Brad Richards – and hope the added flexibility gives you a chance to find the right fit.

I understand Sutter is getting roasted is Calgary, but let’s see what he does with the added space.

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Afternoon Line

So at the end of the day, the Leafs wind up with a stud defenceman and an expensive goaltender on the downside of his career; kind of a good-news, bad-news scenario.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet on the moves the Leafs made today.  More from Mike.

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The Phaneuf Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Fact is, it was logical for Calgary to trade from its position of strength – a deep defence – in order to fill in gaps elsewhere. Just because the Flames rolled over Edmonton 6-1 Saturday night doesn’t mean they have completely righted the ship just yet. The pressure is on – to make the playoffs and then win some rounds when, or if, they get there. But this isn’t enough for a core asset, not nearly enough - and cannot be explained away as simply a move to shed $6.5-million worth of Phaneuf’s annual salary. On some levels, it looks like a panic move, borne out of desperation for a quick fix.

In the end, that Sutter would give up on Phaneuf at this comparatively early stage in his career is probably the most surprising part of the deal. That he couldn’t get more for him in return is probably the most disappointing.

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Giguere On His Way To Toronto

via the Twitter of Helene Elliott,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere has waived his no-trade clause and officially will be dealt to Toronto very soon

added 12:56pm, from Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Giguere to Toronto for Toskala and Jason Blake. Done!!

added 1:05pm, TSN on the trade…

added 1:08pm, Burke says there was never a discussion about a first round pick being involved (from the Ducks).  He doesn’t know where that came from.

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  Tags: jason+blake, jean-sebastien+giguere, vesa+toskala

Dion Phaneuf A Leaf

per Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

phaneuf to the Leafs

added 11:35am, from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

The Ducks are set to trade Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the franchise’s all-time winningest goalie, to the Toronto Maple Leafs and it’s expected they will receive goalie Vesa Toskala and another veteran player in return, the Orange County Register has learned.

Giguere received a telephone call when he reached the Tampa Bay Lightning’s practice facility, where he learned of the potential move. The 32-year-0ld was in uniform but did not take the ice as players and coaches hugged him before he took the team bus back to the hotel.

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added 11:42am, Watch the press conference below.

added 11:45am, Multiple reports are Giguere to Leafs for Toskala too.

added 11:58am, via Dreger Twitter,

Phaneuf, Sjostrom and Auley to Toronto for Hagman, Stajan, Mayers and White!!

added 12:03pm, Trade wrap-up at TSN.

added 12:04pm, Burke says another deal should be announced within 30 minutes.

added 12:19pm, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has a breakdown of the press conference in case you missed it.

added 2:35pm, Dion on the trade via Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

“Well, it’s definitely a shock, but I’m very, very excited about going to Toronto and being a Maple Leaf. It was definitely a shock, but it’s part of the business,” he said.

“I found out this morning. The toughest part is saying goodbye to your buddies and the relationships that you’ve made. You guys actually found out before me.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, jean-sebastien+giguere

Report- Major Changes Coming For Leafs

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Source tells me “major changes” coming today for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

could be a very interesting today. the Hiller extension may play a role in todays Leafs shake-up.

added 9:19am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

While details are few, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of completing at least one trade today that will be viewed as a “major change.”

Specifics as to whether the deal will be for an upgrade in goal, or for offensive help, weren’t provided, however this deal and potentially others are very close to being completed.

When asked if these “major changes” were imminent, the source replied, “they should start happening today.”

added 10:25am, via the Twitter of Jeff Marek,

Brian Burke calls press conference for 11:30EST at the ACC.

added 11:09am, Dreger adds to his Twitter,

Something enormous is about to go down. Working on it

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Komisarek Doubtful For Team USA

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Mike Komisarek received some unfortunate news Saturday night that will almost certainly end his hopes of competing in the Vancouver Olympics with Team USA.

The big Leafs defenceman’s injured shoulder will keep him sidelined up to another seven days – a span that will push him past a deadline to prepare for the Games….

Burke, meanwhile, has several choices to replace Komisarek.

Candidates include Pittsburgh’s Alex Goligoski, Anaheim’s Ryan Whitney, Atlanta’s teenage blueliner Zach Bogosian and Carolina’s Tim Gleason.

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  Tags: mike+komisarek, team+usa

Andrew Raycroft Enjoys The Win Over The Leafs

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Little wonder that a gleeful Raycroft took a mini-lap of the ice at the final buzzer, pumping his fist, or perhaps waving at the crowd – the same folks who jeered him so lustily in blue-and-white. He did the same when he replaced Luongo to start the second.

“I heard way more boos than that when I was here,’’ he deadpanned afterward in the triumphant dressing room. “That was nothing.’‘

As reporters crowded around his locker, a teammate told Raycroft: “Shove it up their ass, Razor.’‘

Figuratively, he’d done that already.

“I would have went all the way around if I could,’’ Raycroft said of his little victory jaunt. “I was excited. I didn’t really think about what I was doing. I couldn’t keep still.’‘

more and watch Raycroft enjoy the moment below…

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